Letters to the Editor published Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011
The Curry Coastal Pilot /
Good way to handle plastic bag problem
I like the way Ray's Food Place market is handling the plastic bag problem! Ray's offers paper bags on request in place of plastic andndash; they're great because they have handles.
If we use cloth bags, Ray's takes off a nickle for each one the clerk fills with groceries.
However, my wife and I have problems using cloth bags , due partly, no doubt, to our old age "short term memory." Often, we forget to put the bags in the car before going grocery shopping. When we do remember to take them with us, we forget to take them into the store.
So, invariably, we end up using paper or plastic bags, since it's too late to get the cloth ones once we're going through the check-out stand.
In spite of these problems, we are getting better at utilizing our cloth bags, as we remember about 50 percent of the time now. If the store starts charging a nickle for each plastic bag, I'm sure our memory will resume "total recall."
There's an old-time tune, "What a Difference a Day Makes" that I have taken the liberty of changing to "What a Difference a Nickle Makes." I sing it to myself when we go shopping. I'm sure our memory will miraculously recover its long-term capability. After all, a nickle saved is a nickle earned.
Time for streetlights, reduced speed limits
I totally agree with the letter by Barbara Van Cleave regarding our local speed limits. There are so many needless accidents, and it's so tragic when one involves an injury or a fatality.
When the present speed limits were adopted, this was a very different community andndash; fewer people and much less traffic. Today, it's a far more dangerous place to drive and to walk. Of course, there will always be some drivers and pedestrians who are careful and considerate, while others seem oblivious to their responsibilities.
For example, in Harbor, we often see people speeding along the highway while some pedestrian is trying to walk across five lanes of traffic in front of them. We also see drivers cutting in front of others as they try to make turns into or out of one of the many narrow, unlighted and poorly marked streets.
A different, but similar, condition exists in the north part of Brookings where the limit changes from 25 to 35 mph near Fifth Street. This was fine when the Fred Meyer property was a swampy blackberry patch, but those days are long gone. Today, 35 seems way too fast andndash; especially during the tourist season. And why change it in the middle of town?
Anyway, along with needing some streetlights in Harbor, it seems that it might also be time to consider a 35 mph speed limit starting at Benham Lane and continuing on across the bridge to the new stoplight at old Constitution Way. North from there, perhaps a 25 or 30 mph speed limit all the way through town, to at least Fifield Street would be appropriate.
Entitlements versus freebees
Webster's dictionary defines "entitlements" as: "a right to benefits specified by law or contract, and/or a government program providing benefits to a specific group."
Apparently a lot of people translate "entitlements" as "freebees," and want to do away with them. (Freebees they are not).
What they don't seem to realize is that every civil servant (i.e. military, city, county, state and federal employee) has monthly deductions from their paychecks for their pensions and their health care benefits. Everyone who gets Social Security and/or Medicare had money deducted from their paychecks all the time they worked.
Our son-in-law went to work as a civil servant upon graduating from college.
When he retires, he will have worked for the government for 40 years. In retirement, he will still have deductions from his pension check for taxes, and health care. (Some people think health care should go away also).
So, is he not "entitled" to what he paid into as part of his employment contract for 40 years?
Our elected officials are also civil servants andndash; paid with our tax money. Many of them are millionaires already, and raise more millions to get elected. And if elected, they still get a salary, and health benefits (that they could afford on their own). Their staff get pay and health benefits also. Who will do the work if their "entitlements" are reduced, or eliminated? Why, also, should entitlements be eliminated for some civil servants and not all, including elected officials?
Eliminating "entitlements" will affect everyone currently employed in any government position. It will affect particularly those who are retired, and who contracted to receive a decent retirement pension and affordable health care.
Is this the way they should be treated?
Lights on Highway 101 may not help
Regarding Bill Schlichting's column (Pilot, Feb. 16). I have to strongly disagree with Bill Schlichting's opinion about lights along Highway 101 in Harbor.
I've always had a problem seeing into the shadows when there are bright lights around. My ophthalmologist tells me that the problem is getting worse because I'm developing cataracts which he says will eventually get bad enough to need removal. He tells me that this is a very common problem in anyone over the age of 40.
I very seldom drive at night because of this problem, but sometimes it is unavoidable.
I don't know where Bill expects to find the money for his pet project, but if he intends to keep trying to push this through, he needs to find a lot of money and put in a ton of lights to avoid shadows, or he will be exacerbating the problem in that portion of the populace which already has the biggest problem seeing at night.
Joseph E. Sutter
Disgusted and horrified by bill
To the disgust and horror of Americans everywhere, whatever their
party, the Republican-led House of Representatives has put forward a
bill, H.R. 3, that would add the modifier "forcible" to define "rape" so
as to disqualify any other legally recognized forms of rape as
justifications for funding abortions when pregnancy results.
Whatever one's beliefs with respect to if, when, and under what
conditions a woman should be permitted to terminate an unwanted
pregnancy, the current effort in the Republican House to redefine rape
by excluding "non-forcible" rapes is an outrage beyond belief, a moral
crime worthy of the devil himself.
This language infers that if your daughter or sister is a victim of a
frat party drug rape, too bad andndash; under H.R. 3, that's not rape. Under
the bill's conditions for funding abortions, all forms of statutory
rape, if no violent resistance is offered by the victim, wouldn't count
And with regard to incest? Young lady, if you didn't fight back
against your father, your uncle, or whichever family member violated
you, if all they used was psychological terror, too bad. You were not
raped. Have the baby. Suck it up.
No words come to mind to describe this monstrous maneuver. I can only
say to the House leadership that permitted this to even be considered
for a minute what Joseph Welch said to Joe McCarthy in 1954:
"Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"
Thank you for returning bracelet
About three weeks ago, I lost my bear bracelet at Fred Meyer.
Someone found it and took it to the lost and found department. Thank
you very much. Please call me. My name is listed in the phone book.
Thank you for your honesty.
Congratulations BHHS cheerleaders
Dear Brookings-Harbor High School cheerleading team,
I was thrilled to see the headlines (Pilot, Feb.16) announcing that you are the OSAA 4A-Large State Cheerleading Champions!
I was a cheerleader at South Albany High School and a former
cheerleading coach at Gold Beach High School. I have a sister who
coaches the Newberg High School cheerleading team and a niece who cheers
for the Oregon Ducks. I know what you've just accomplished!
The effort that goes into being a cheerleader, let alone what it
takes to compete at the state level, is phenomenal, but it takes
exceptional dedication, teamwork and unity to acquire the highest honor
in high school competitive sports andndash; a state championship!
Your coach, Corinne Crochet, student body, teachers, parents and
community must be so very proud, but more importantly, how proud you
should be of yourselves!
Again, congratulations. I am so excited for you!
Curry County clerk
3 bills attack our rights as citizens
It's important to those of us in Curry County, since Wayne Krieger,
our state representative, is a co-sponsor of three bills, HB 2181, HB
2182, and HB 2610, that attack our right as citizens to be involved in
Oregon, our communities, our equal rights and our environment.
HB 2181 would shut down most citizen land-use appeals, by raising the
stakes for ordinary citizens who want to stand up to illegal land-use
decisions being made in their communities.
HB 2182 requires that opponents to a land-use decision must either be
an adjacent landowner or be required to pay a large deposit to bring a
case before LUBA.
Farmers leasing land andndash; a common circumstance throughout Oregon andndash; will
likely not be able to appeal decisions that affect their farming
operations, and local advocacy groups with limited funds will likely not
be able to raise the necessary deposit to do so.
Under HB 2610, only the wealthy who can show their property would be
adversely affected economically by $5,000 or more will be able to appeal
local land-use decisions.
The first hearing has already taken place in Salem, so it's important that you make your voice heard on these issues.
Write letters to the editor so that more of our citizens become aware
of what our state representative is doing and contact the House
Judiciary Committee co-chairs: Jeff Barker (D-Aloha) 503-986-1428
email@example.com, and Wayne Krieger, (R-Gold Beach)
503-986-1401, firstname.lastname@example.org. Karen Clark
Dutch Bros. gives $500 to BHEF
Kudos to Dutch Bros.
Mr. Tony Jantzer, owner of Dutch Bros., recently delivered $500 to
the Brookings-Harbor Education Foundation (BHEF). These funds were
generated in December, when Mr. Jantzer graciously selected one day to
donate $1 for every cup sold for the kids in our community. BHEF is a
non-profit foundation specifically dedicated to fund educational
opportunities for the kids in our community. This donation will benefit
the art program at Azalea Middle School.
On behalf of the kids in our community, we send out a big thank you for your generous support, Mr. Jantzer.
Lisa Green, Paty McVay
Patrick and Nancy Chew and Ann Volz
BHEF board members
Let's all try to watch our words
Respect for all.
I'm writing in response to Mr. Dalrymple (Pilot, Feb. 5) and all who have written letters similar to his.
Mr. Dalrymple, I would appreciate it if you can find it in your heart
to read the following scriptures. I'm sure if you do, you will know how
we are to treat each other.
andbull;Matthew 5:16, 5:43-48, 7:1-6;
andbull;Luke 6:20-42, 10:27;
andbull;John 7:24, 8:17, 10:34, 13:34, 15:12;
andbull;2 Peter 1:1-4.
Mr. Dalrymple stated that 80 percent of the people in our country are
Christians. If this figure is correct, then I don't understand why we
are not acting like Christ wants us to. Christ didn't ask us to love and
understand only Christians. He said to love one another as he loves us.
We are also to show love to others of different faiths, including
Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, Seventh-day Adventist, Mormon and many others
along with those who are secular as you called them.
There has always been a far right and a far left, and those in the
middle, but never since I started voting at age 21 have I heard such
hateful words and seen such little understanding of each other, and such
disrespect for our president.
It does matter how you feel about him, but he is our president,
elected by a majority of our people, and that is how a democracy works.
I haven't always liked the president that was elected, but I respected
the will of our people, and him also.
I remember my grandma telling me to watch my words because I could
never take them back. They would always be out there, maybe hurting
someone. Let's all of us try to watch our words. By doing this, maybe
then we can heal others, ourselves and our great nation. Then we can
stand together, united one nation.